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Lat: 37° 34' 2.859648" N - Long: 14° 17' 14.99922" E
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Built on the highest part of the town, a thousand meters high and surrounded by sheer cliffs that made access impossible, the Castle of Lombardia was impregnable castle.
It is one of the largest medieval castles in Italy and one of the oldest in Sicily.
Its name probably derives from Enrico di Lombardia, who was married with Fiandrina, doughter of the Great Count Ruggero.
The whole area of the castle is divided into three large independent courtyards; access is in the first courtyard called piazzale degli armati; here the "torre della Campana" is located, so called because inside there was a bell that rang to signal a danger of invasion, or an attempt to escape by prisoners in the period in which the castle was turned into a prison.
Afterwards you enter the largest courtyard, rich in green meadows, Piazzale della Maddalena, also known as provisions for the stables and rooms used as supply stores, granaries and kitchens.
The last courtyard, the most internal of all, and for this reason chosen to house the royal apartments, is the square of San Nicola.
Here is the "Pisan tower", the main among the 6 survivors, probably named for a garrison of Pisan soldiers it housed; this tower, raised at a later time, together with 19 other towers, to reinforce the narrow walls around the residential atriums, allows to admire from its peaks a unique and incomparable landscape.
This is the only place where you have the opportunity to embrace around 2/3 of the island in just a few moments.
Even today in the courtyards of the castle archaeological excavations that testify to the presence of man on the cliff since ancient times.
Tourists can view the excavations and finds walking on footbridges.
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